Four Feelings that Drive Kitchen Remodels

Generally it is feelings not functionality that motivates a kitchen remodel. Here are the ones that make it happen:

Boring vs. Happy/Homey

The more you see other kitchens that are just like yours, the less special you feel in your kitchen. We all want to feel unique and part of select company, and the spaces in which we live — like clothes — are often intended to be statements of what we are.

So, over time, “dated” kitchens begin to feel more and more boring, whereas a more modern “updated” look tends to come across as more happy and homey.

Cluttered vs. Organized

To some degree, more and better storage space can help us to be more organized, and new kitchens definitely do tend to offer this. But old clutter habits die hard, and the goal of good organization often proves elusive even in the new kitchen.

Two redeeming factors can help though.

First, if you know what clutter issues plague your existing kitchen, ask your designer to create a kitchen that makes it really easy for you to solve those problems. Couldn't hurt. Might help.

Second, being without a kitchen for two months (usually more), might be what it takes to disrupt those old clutter habits. If you believe it, it's more likely to come true. So believe!

Confining vs. Open

Larger homes are probably a trend that has reached its' zenith, but in combination with the wonders of engineered lumber (LVLs), the feasibility of wide open spaces inside the ordinary home has emerged. It's really a no-brainer; if you can eliminate a wall next to your kitchen, then do so.

Dark vs. Light or Warm

Nobody likes dark. Some people like the concept of islands of light in a sea of darkness, though. This is a “warm” kitchen. Recessed lighting makes this possible.

Others like the entire “greater kitchen” area to be lit up like Christmas, both by windows and by centralized lighting. This is a “light” kitchen. When you're in the social butterfly mood.

The truth is, if you're doing a kitchen remodel, you can play both sides of this lighting option. My advice: spend a lot of time– early in the planning cycle — planning out the way the kitchen will be lit at different times of day and for different activities.